The Best Lighthouses on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a picturesque coastal destination that offers a blend of natural beauty and rich maritime history. Beyond the inviting shores of Sea Crest Beach Hotel lies a world of exploration and adventure, and one of the must-see attractions in this region is its charming lighthouses. In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey to some of the best lighthouses on Cape Cod, each with its unique charm and history.

Highland Lighthouse

Highland Lighthouse, often and affectionately called “THE Cape Cod Lighthouse,” holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Commissioned by George Washington in 1797, it’s the oldest among the 14 lighthouses in the area. Despite a significant remodel in 1857, it retains its historic charm.

One intriguing fact about Highland Lighthouse is that it isn’t standing where it was originally built. Erosion threatened its existence, resulting in a daring relocation 450 feet west. Visitors can climb 69 steps to reach the top, enjoy breathtaking seaside views, and explore an on-site keeper’s shop and information exhibition.

Nobska Light

For panoramic views and jaw-dropping coastal scenery, Nobska Light in Falmouth, MA, is a must-visit. Since its construction in 1876, it has withstood the test of time and countless lightkeepers. In 1985, it became fully automated, but its historic allure remains fully intact.

Beside the lighthouse stands the keeper’s house, dating back to 1876. Exciting plans are underway to transform it into a maritime museum, offering insights into Cape Cod’s rich and storied history.

Chatham Lighthouse

Chatham Lighthouse, standing nearly 50 feet tall, is one of Cape Cod’s finest. Operated by the US Coast Guard, it holds the distinction of being one of the last continuously active lighthouses in the United States, shining its beacon 24 hours a day.

Its history is marked by two original towers built in 1808. One of them, Nauset Lighthouse, moved to Eastham in 1923, while the other remains as Chatham Lighthouse. Today, visitors can take US Coast Guard-operated tours or simply take in the spectacular Atlantic views.

Nauset Lighthouse

Nauset Lighthouse, known for its bright white and red colors, is one of the most recognizable and iconic lighthouses on Cape Cod. Its legacy spans almost 50 years in Chatham before moving to Eastham. In the 1940s, a red top was added to help boats distinguish it from others.

Today, Nauset Lighthouse is fully automated and managed by the Nauset Light Preservation Society. During the summer, they offer tours of the beacon and the neighboring oil house, giving a unique perspective into the maritime past of Cape Cod.

Race Point Light

Reaching Race Point Light in Provincetown is an adventure in itself, with a 45-minute walk across the sand. Its remote location makes it one of the most secluded lighthouses on Cape Cod.

The original tower, dating back to 1816, was one of the first to feature a rotating light beacon. It was later replaced by a larger, more stable iron-plated tower. On-site, you’ll find a keeper’s house and a whistle house, both updated in the mid-1990s. You can even tour the current beacon and spend a unique night at the Race Point station, which has been thoughtfully remodeled for overnight visitors.

Escape to the Cape

After discovering these storied lighthouses, extend your stay and spend some time away relaxing surrounded by the Cape’s charm. Explore Falmouth’s independent shops, hike Cape Cod’s renowned trails, and cozy up by our heated indoor pool. If you’re traveling in the winter, don’t miss the chance to join us for a magical New Year’s Eve celebration, where you can raise a toast with live music and enjoy the coastal views from our Ocean View rooms.

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